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With Climate Change, California Is Likely To See More Extreme Flooding

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Californians are in shock that after five years of too little water, the problem now is too much. npr All eyes in California have been on Oroville Dam, where a broken spillway forced major evacuations. But the damage… With Climate Change… Read More »

The Clinton system to discredit Donald Trump

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This article is a warning – in November 2016, a vast system of agitation and propaganda was set up in order to destroy the reputation and the authority of President Donald Trump as soon as he arrived in the White House. Thierry Meyssan Voltaire It is the first time that such a campaign has been scientifically organised against a President of the United States, and with such resources. Yes, we are indeed… The Clinton system… Read More »

Race And The Death Penalty: How Stereotyping Almost Killed A Black Man In America

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A decision handed down in the United States late last week has shone a spotlight on the issue of racial bias against defendants of colour, writes Stephen Keim and Luke Craske. Stephen Keim and Luke Craske New Matilda In its decision in Buck v Davis, the United States Supreme Court has held that for counsel to lead evidence indicating that a client is more likely to commit future acts of violence because of his race, this does, in fact, violate that… ... Read More »

White House accused of blocking information on bank’s Trump-Russia links

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New commerce secretary Wilbur Ross’s response about possible links between Bank of Cyprus, Russian agents and Trump officials wasn’t released to Senate Stephanie Kirchgaessner The Guardian The White House has been accused of withholding information from Congress about whether Donald Trump or any of his campaign affiliates have ever… White House accused… Read More »

The Redefining Of The Term “Social Justice”

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Although the term “social justice” has been used with increasing frequency in the past decade, the term has had a curious evolution from its original use in Catholic theology. Erich Prince The Daily Caller Its adoption by left-leaning politicians is not particularly new, and President Franklin Roosevelt used the term as long ago as 1932. The term made… The Redefining Of… Read More »

Is there a US diplomacy vacuum at the UN in Geneva?

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“Where is the US in all this? I can’t tell you because I don’t know.” Imogen Foulkes BBC News These were the words of the United Nations special envoy for Syria, Staffan de Mistura, days before a fresh round of peace talks began. Only a few months… Is there a… Read More »

Game theory says publicly shaming cyberattackers could backfire

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Know your enemy, the saying goes. Chelsea Whyte New Scientist But when it comes to cyberattacks, a game theory model suggests that just knowing the perpetrator and pointing the finger at them might not be the best tactic, and could even play into the hands of the attacker. Attributing cyberattacks to Game theory says… Read More »

Judicial originalism as myth

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“It is simply anti-democratic to conceal something as fundamental as the nature of constitutional decision-making — especially if concealment is motivated by the fear that the citizenry wouldn’t stand for the practice if it knew the truth. If the Court can’t admit what it is doing, then it shouldn’t do it.” —Paul Brest, 1981 Eric J. Segall VOX The doctrine of originalism, whereby judges purport to identify and then rely on the original meaning of the United States Constitution to ... Read More »

How Trumpocracy corrupts democracy

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American democracy is a complex, self-organising system. Sandra Navidi Daily Nation In terms of network science, President Donald Trump is a “superhub”: the most well-connected human “node”, located in the centre of the network. While he does… How Trumpocracy corrupts… Read More »

US Governors to Focus on Child Hunger, Infrastructure Efforts

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A national gathering of U.S. state leaders continues Sunday in Washington, with a focus on child hunger and infrastructure efforts. VoA The annual National Governors Association (NGA) meeting follows President Donald Trump’s recent orders to get tougher on the estimated 11 million illegal immigrants in the… US Governors to… Read More »

Blue ACLU Ribbons Are The Stars’ Best Accessories At 2017 Oscars

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Solidarity in style. By Jamie Feldman The Huffington Post The dresses, hair, makeup and jewelry took a back seat to a more meaningful accessory at the Oscars on… Many of Hollywood’s brightest were seen sporting blue ribbons in solidarity with the America’s Civil Liberties Union. The non-profit, which is “devoted to protecting the… Blue ACLU Ribbons… Read More »

How Do You Solve a Problem Like North Korea?

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How to solve the DPRK problem: a little less diplomatic conversation, a little more action. Daniel R. DePetris The National Interest How does one punish a country that is the most diplomatically isolated in the world, already sanctioned to the teeth, but seemingly immune to the… How Do You… Read More »

Remaking the Republican Party: Populism a la Trump

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Donald Trump and his chief adviser Stephen Bannon signalled a total rebranding of conservatives at the CPAC. Gregory Aftandilian Al Jazeera News Even though US President Donald Trump has been criticised by “true” conservatives for his past liberal positions on social issues and his denunciations of trade pacts, his February 24 speech at the Conservative Political Action… Remaking the Republican… Read More »

Calling Secretary Tillerson

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When Rex Tillerson showed up for his first day of work at the State Department earlier this month, he moved quickly to allay the concerns of diplomats and others alarmed by President Trump’s security policies and… THE EDITORIAL BOARD  The New York Times Addressing a crowd in the department lobby, the new secretary of state spoke of his “high regard” for the… Mr. Tillerson generated good will… Calling Secretary… Read More »

Iran confirms: US paid ransom

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Back in September, I testified before the House Financial Services Committee on the allegation that the Obama administration had paid Iran a ransom—at the time it was believed to be $400 million but it was later revealed that the… Michael Rubin AEIdeas At the hearing, it is now clear that State Department officials lied outright to the… Iran confirms: US… Read More »

If You Want Israeli-Palestinian Peace, Stop Talking About A ‘Two-State Solution’

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Before you get a state, you have to learn how to live in peace. David Harsanyi The Federalist Not the reverse. This week, an… If You Want… Read More »